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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

WoW [137] - Panther Prowling

Panther Prowling - Yasmine Galenorn
Release Date: January 27th 2015

We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch with three gorgeous husbands. Menolly is a vampire married to a werepuma. And me? I’m Delilah, a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. While the war in Otherworld is expanding, so is my newly renamed PI business. And my next case is about to make life very interesting…

While waiting for Shadow Wing’s next move, I decide to revamp my ragtag PI agency into the Cat’s Eye Investigations firm. My first client turns out to be our cousin Daniel. During the grand reopening for the Wayfarer, he shows up while being chased by a rampaging ghost. Daniel has procured a rare and valuable sword, and a ring of ghostly warriors comes attached to it. Protectors of the soul trapped within it, the spirits are out to stop anybody who threatens the weapon. As my sisters and I unravel the history of the sword, we quickly realize that the entity locked within the blade is a dangerous king from times gone by—and he’s about to break free and try to recover his crown...
Why I am waiting:
I love Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld series. The series is told in round robin format, each book alternates the main characters between the three sister. This one is about Delilah, she's one of my favorites so I can't wait to see what happens in this story.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Review: Magic Bleeds

Title: Magic Bleeds
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #4
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Release Date: May 25th 2010
Length: Novel (349 pages/13 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: Magic Strikes

Title: Magic Strikes
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #3
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Release Date: Aug 6, 2009
Length: Novel (310 pages/11 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars 

New Releases 12/30/2014

Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire - Kerrelyn Sparks
Russell wakes from a coma to find he's become a vampire. Now he has a thirst for revenge. Determined to hunt down the master vampire who turned him, he's used to working alone . . . until he meets Jia. She is after the same vampire for murdering her parents and insists she can help Russell on this mission. Reluctantly, he agrees, and sets up some ground rules:

Rule #1: Their partnership is strictly business. If he holds her a little too close . . . if she looks at him with those exotic eyes . . . well, that has to stop.

Rule #2: He's in charge. Jia isn't used to taking orders and questions every move he makes. So he stops her the only way he knows how.

Rule #3: Don't fall in love. But the kiss that was supposed to quiet her awakens something else in him . . . something forbidden. Because Jia is engaged. To someone else.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Review: The Spider

Title: The Spider
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #10
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Release Date: December 24th 2013
Length: Novel (381 pages/11 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WoW [136] - The Witches of Echo Park

The Witches of Echo Park - Amber Benson
Release Date: January 6th 2015

Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated—and we will all pay if their power falls…

When Elyse MacAllister’s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets—extraordinary secrets—from her.

Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora’s Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt’s place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril—for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last...
Why I am waiting:
It's been awhile since I've read a witch book, this one caught my eye while looking at coming soon books.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Drea's Review - The Rake's Handbook

Title: The Rake's Handbook
Author: Sally Orr
Series: The Rake's Handbook, #1
Format: e-book
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Length: Novel (352 pages)
Genre: historical romance
Source: Netgalley
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 3-stars 

Monday, December 22, 2014

New Releases 12/23/2014

Marked - Rebecca Zanetti
Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice…

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Giveaway + Review: Revenant by Larissa Ione

Title: Revenant
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance #6
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 16th 2014
Length: Novel (400 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 5.0-stars 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Magic Burns

Title: Magic Burns
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Release Date: Jan 26, 2009
Length: Novel (260 pages/10 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, AmazonB&N
Rating: 4-stars 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WoW [135] - Nothing Between Us

Nothing Between Us - Roni Loren
Release Date: January 6th 2015

Unlike the heroine of her popular thriller series, Georgia Delaune can’t afford to take risks or push sexual boundaries—unless you count spying through her neighbor’s bedroom window, and never missing a single move he makes.

Colby Wilkes is more than willing to put on a show for the alluring woman next door. But his dominant side aches to show her the pleasures of submission up close. As a counselor, Colby is sensitive to Georgia’s fears. As a Dom at The Ranch, a private BDSM retreat, he’s the perfect teacher to unleash her passion.

But just as Georgia lowers her emotional barriers, an unexpected complication arrives: a bad boy musician from Colby’s past who adds fuel to her heated imagination. Now, the lonely author has two gorgeous men eager to fulfill every fantasy she’s ever written—and one she’s never dared to dream...
Why I am waiting:
I've heard such good things about RLoren's books so I figure I'll add this series to my TBR and catch up sometime soon (hopefully). Any other suggestions for her books?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drea's Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies

Title: Curtsies & Conspiracies
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School, #2
Format: e-book
Release Date: November 2013
Length: Novel (310 pages)
Genre: YA Steampunk
Source: Netgalley
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars 

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Releases 12/16/2014

The Last Cowboy in Texas - Katie Lane
Country music princess Starlet Brubaker has a sweet tooth for moon pies and cowboys: both are yummy-and you can never have just one. Now Beckett Cates may not be a cowboy, but he certainly has the heart, soul-and body-to whet her appetite. He's a sexy ex-Marine with a touch hotter than the scorching Texas sun and arms strong enough to catch her when she lands into trouble.

Playing bodyguard to America's sweetheart isn't easy for Beckett. But falling for her sure is. Unfortunately, Starlet has a reputation for keeping a guy or two wrapped around her finger and Beckett refuses to be anybody's backup. So now it's up to Starlet to prove that she's put her cowboy-crazy days behind her. Otherwise, she'll be singing solo instead of living in harmony with the man who's loved her even before her fame and fortune.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Beautiful Stranger & Beautiful Bombshell by Christina Lauren

Title: Beautiful Stranger
Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #2
Release Date: April 16th 2013
Format: Paperback
Source: Won @ TalkSupe
Buy: Amazon, BN

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon’s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night’s fun. But the manner—and speed—with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.

The whole city knows that Max Stella loves women, not that he’s ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it’s not until Sara—and the wild photos she lets him take of her—that he starts wondering if there’s someone for him outside of the bedroom.

Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private. 
Sara Dillon is a finance guru working for Bennett's company. This time around they've opened a new location of the company and Chloe and Bennett have convinced Sara to join them in New York. Sara is dealing with the baggage of a cheating ex-boyfriend which makes her not really looking for a relationship. When she meets a sexy British dude in the club, she decides to have a no strings attached fling with him.

Max Stella is a sexy British businessman that never stays with the same woman for long. His flavor of the week and himself are generally posted in the paper by paparazzi. He's rich, smart and... nice. That's right, I called him nice. He can't help his attraction to Sara, the two are drawn together even though there isn't supposed to be a relationship. While this wasn't as intense as the first book, it still packed a punch. Their story isn't one for the faint of heart, they have public sex a lot, and it gets pretty steamy. I enjoyed seeing their relationship blossom without the other really realizing it was escalating. Chloe and Bennett make appearances but nothing major. I'd recommend this book if you're looking for a naughty read.




Title: Beautiful Bombshell
Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #2.5
Release Date: September 3rd 2013
Format: Paperback
Source: Won @ TalkSupe
Buy: Amazon, BN

The gentlemen from Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player are out for a wild night on The Strip.

When Max, Henry, and Will steal Bennett away for a weekend of shenanigans and strippers in Vegas, the first stop of the night doesn’t go at all as planned. With their scheme for a Guys Weekend completely derailed anyway, Max and Bennett begin to play a wild game of stealth and secrecy in order to have their bombshells all over Sin City. 
I didn't want to repeat the same mistake this time so I read the Beautiful Bombshell, the novella that followed Beautiful Stranger directly after. It seems I didn't need to this time though. Beautiful Bombshell focuses around the men in the series so far. They're celebrating the upcoming wedding for Chloe and Bennett by partying in Vegas. The girls are supposed to be on a ski trip, but they manage to sneak in on the guy's plans which drives the men crazy... with lust. What was supposed to be a guy's night out, turned into the men running all around Vegas to spend a few minutes with their women. It was a nice addition to the series, and I can't wait to read the next book to see who Will winds up with.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WoW [134] - Revenant

Revenant - Larissa Ione
Release Date: December 16th 2014

HELL HATH NO FURY . . .

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme—a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

LIKE AN ANGEL SCORNED

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her .
Why I am waiting:
Ahhhh I want this right now! I love this series and can't wait to read more of it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Drea's Review: Made For You

 
Title: Made For You
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: The Best Mistake, #2
Format: e-book
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Length: Novel (320 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Fringe Benefits by Sandy James

I jumped at the chance to share the cover and blurb for Fringe Benefits. I'm loving this series and this cover. I can't wait to get my hands on this one!

Title: Fringe Benefits
Author: Sandy James
Series: The Ladies Who Lunch #4
Release Date: April 7th 2015
Preorder: Amazon, B&N

When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Danielle Bradshaw deserves a happily ever after, and the Ladies Who Lunch are determined to deliver Mr. Right.

HOT FOR TEACHER

As the new head of the English department, Dani doesn't have much time for anything but lesson planning and literature. Romance—or even sex? Forget about it. But then the principal introduces her to last-minute hire Nate Ryan. Finding time to mentor a new teacher won’t be easy, especially when his incredible body and equally disarming charisma are enough to make her heart skip a beat . . .
Nate may be fresh out of school, but he’s confident in his teaching skills—and in his feelings for Dani. But while she’s everything he’s ever wanted, he knows his place on her staff—and his age—may be problematic for his sexy boss. How can he convince her to ignore the gossip mill currently in full swing in the teacher’s lounge and surrender to what’s meant to be?

About the Author:
Sandy lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis with her husband of thirty years and is a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband own a small stable of harness racehorses and enjoy spending time at the two Indiana racetracks.

She is published through Forever Yours, Carina Press, and BookStrand, as well as self-published. She has been an Amazon Bestseller many times and has won numerous awards, including two HOLT Medallions.

Connect: Facebook, GoodReads, Twitter, Website

Giveaway:
Sandy is giving away an ebook copy of one of her books, winner's choice. Giveaway will end on 12/15/2014.

Enter by leaving a comment below saying which cover in The Ladies Who Lunch series you like best. 

New Releases 12/09/2014

One Love - Lili Saint Germain
*The final book in the #1 iBooks bestselling Gypsy Brothers series*

Will Julz complete her mission for vengeance against the Gypsy Brothers? Or is Dornan still one step ahead?

More shocking secrets will come to light and lives will be lost in this final, devastating instalment of the Gypsy Brothers series.



This Spells Trouble - Olivia Hardin
It took some work, but Lynlee Lincoln has finally found balance between her life as a witch and her relationship with Beck Hale. A human boyfriend with two kids wasn’t something she ever planned, but their new arrangement lets her have her cake and eat it, too. Just when she’s getting comfortable, puzzling visions of impending danger at home begin to haunt her dreams.

And if personal issues aren’t troubling enough, Lynlee and the entire organization of Neutralizers go on alert when a phantom creature begins staging magical episodes on live television. If they can’t put a stop to the sensational events, all hell will break loose in the human world. Can Lynlee keep both her new family and the world safe without getting swallowed up in the process?



Zodiac - Romina Russell
At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?



The Fairyland Murders - J.A. Kazimer
Blue Reynolds knows the darker side of New Never City—the side that’s hopped-up on fairy dust and doesn’t care if your house gets blown down. Rent’s due and his PI business is all but make believe. But even Blue shudders at having to chase after Isabella Davis, a freckle-nosed redhead five feet tall on her tip-toes…if you don’t count the pretty pink wings.

Izzy is tough, and sneaky, and not too thrilled with the idea of being the new tooth fairy. The last six have been most gruesomely extracted. But Blue has a feeling that whoever is killing the tooth fairies is worse than your standard big bad psycho. The fairy council is hiding something. The Shadows are moving out into the light. And Blue is saddled with a shocking power that could take out half of New Never City…



Wicked - Jennifer L Armentrout
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.



Hard Limit - Meredith Wild
Blake Landon is a man who has everything—wealth, good looks, and the love of Erica Hathaway. The power couple has been through hell and back, and when life has torn them apart, somehow they have always found their way back to each other, more in love and stronger than ever.

Erica has never been more ready to say I do. On the verge of making the ultimate commitment, she uncovers an unsettling chapter of Blake’s history. As she makes peace with her own past and the family who left her behind, she presses Blake to tear down the last walls between them. Determined to know the man he once was, she opens a door to a world beyond her wildest imagination—a world that has her questioning the limits of her own desires.

As danger lurks and dark secrets come to light, will the past destroy their promise of forever?



Free Me - Laurelin Paige
Her story started long before she started working at The Sky Launch...

Screw fairytales. The only reward Gwen Anders got from her rough childhood was a thick skin and hard heart. She’s content with her daily grind managing a top NYC nightclub—Eighty-Eighth Floor. So hers isn’t a happily ever after. She doesn’t believe in those anyway.

Then she meets J.C.

The rich, smooth talking playboy is the sexiest thing that Gwen has ever encountered, but she’s not interested in a night-in-shining latex. But when a family tragedy pushes her to the brink, it’s J.C. who’s there to teach her a new method of survival, one based on following primal urges and desires. His no-strings-attached lessons require her to abandon her constant need for control. Her carefully built walls are obliterated.

Gwen discovers there’s a beautiful world outside her prison. Freedom is exhilarating—and terrifying. When she starts to feel something for J.C., she fears for her heart. Especially as she realizes that he has secrets of his own. Secrets that don't want to set him free.